Access to affordable health coverage is important for everyone, but it is a particularly salient issue for women. Women more often manage multiple chronic conditions and pay more than men in out-of-pocket costs, which makes them particularly vulnerable to health care costs. As a result, their health care needs go unmet, with women routinely foregoing needed services and care. Before the Affordable Care Act, one in four women reported going without needed health care because they could not afford it.
This blog was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com.
Throughout this election season, there has been considerable debate concerning the future of our nation's health care system. With the elections behind us, we can determine the key policy directions that will likely shape health coverage and care for the foreseeable future. At least four are worth noting.
On Tuesday, America voted to reelect Barack Obama for another four years in office. It was a momentous victory, not only for progressives, but for the health care justice movement.
This series lays out arguments against cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce government spending.
The people's response to Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" is a poignant reminder to each of us to engage in the broader debate about where we are headed as a country. Should not our first priority be the welfare of hard-working American families? Isn't it they who have disproportionately suffered from the struggling economy, rising health care costs, and corporate irresponsibility?
Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act
Discusses how stripping the maintenance of effort requirement from the Affordable Care Act will negatively affect Medicaid enrollees, their families, and their state economies.
Reviews the early experiences of four states under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and how those experiences can inform implementation.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.